“Bath time!” screamed a mum.
“NO! I don’t want to!” a child screeched.
“Come on. Hurry up. I need to prepare dinner. Please get in the bathroom!” begged the mum.
“No! No baths! I want to play!” the child ran away from the mum and escaped into another room.
Sounds familiar? Do you have trouble getting your child to eat, bath or sleep at the right time? Is your child’s schedule all over the place that half the time you are not sure what they supposed to be doing? Then it is time to establish some ground rules to maintain normalcy and sanity into the household.
Why Daily Routine is Important?
Routine help children develop a sense of stability and order. It creates a calmer household as a whole because the child and the other family members in the household need to know what to expect throughout the day. With a routine, a child will learn over time how to do simple things like brushing teeth. Your child will also gain confidence and independence.
How to Set A Routine?
Step 1: Establish the important times such as meal times, bath times and bedtimes.
The daily routine should include things that affect how well your child is able to sleep and eat. Move gradually and slowly into a consistent routine. Add one thing at a time.
Step 2: Be patient
Change doesn’t happen overnight. It will be hard for your child to adapt to the new change in their life. So practice patience. Be calm and firm in your process until the routine has become a regular thing for your child
Step 3: Work towards consistency yet make room for flexibility
Do keep the routine as regular as possible to make it stick. However, do be flexible when it comes to special occasions like holidays or birthdays.
Step 4: Lastly, establish special times with your child
Do include a routine that will create a special moment for you and your child. A bonding session and time just for the both of you. It will create a sense of togetherness and closeness between you and your child.
Best of luck and love!
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